Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (CXP) stock falls, “Market Perform” rating reiterated by JMP Securities Analysts

Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CXP) shares fell in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

Meanwhile, U.S. stocks edged lower Monday, with major indexes retreating from record levels.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.31% fell 48 points, or 0.2%, to 19,916, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.29% lost 5 points to 2,272, a drop of 0.2%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.03% rose 4 points to 5,529, a gain of about 0.1%.

JMP Securities analysts reiterated its Market Perform rating on Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CXP) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. With a rating of Market Perform on the stock, Columbia Property Trust, Inc. has a 52-week high of $24.63. The one-year price target of $23.17 is above the opening price of $21.35, causing a fair amount of other analysts to report on the company recently. Share prices sometimes get a jump to the upside when analysts reiterate coverage.

Shares of Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CXP) opened at $21.35 yesterday trading between $21.25 and $21.53, and last traded at $21.48, a decrease of $0.27 from the previous closing price.

Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CXP) now has a market cap of 2.65B.

Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CXP) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 596,236 shares out of a total float 122,993,000 and some 102,212 shares traded hands yesterday, 122 percent below the average. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors have substantial teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you’re researching.

Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CXP) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind, Columbia Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: CXP) now has a 50-day MA of $21.29 and 200-day MA of $22.26. It has traded in a 52-week range between $19.34 – 24.63 and today’s last price is 12.79%% lower than the 52 week high of $24.63.

Earnings growth is a critical factor to look at when investing in stocks and investors look for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% for a 3 year period.

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